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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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951 Ratings
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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Kgrubb1224

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12%

11-29-2011 04:34:13 | More by Kgrubb1224
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BillyBrew

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid brew. Ambery-brown colour with a creamy lace. Slightly sweet malt and floral hops in the nose. Heavy malt flavour, very smooth with balancing, but not forward, hops. Great medium- full body that is smooth and soft.

Great session brew with its smooth, balanced flavors. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2002 10:47:40 | More by BillyBrew
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Theheroguy

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Long Trail Ale

Colorwise this could be seen as either light amber or dark pale ale. It reminds me of an English bitter. It has a firm malt base with a subtle citrus hop character. I can taste some sort of caramel malt/crystal malt character that is very nice. The sweetness is just right. I think far too many beers that have a hop presence as subtle as this one end up being too sweet. It is very easy drinking, unsurprisingly the label says this beer is cold conditioned and styled like a Altbier. The hops are noticeable missing from the aroma. I'm gonna go ahead and say this is hopped with northern brewer.... turn out I was correct! Although I missed out on willamette and mount hood I can't decide if its english or german though.

Smell 3.0 Taste 3.75 Mouthfeel 4.0 overall 3.75 look 4.25

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:44:33 | More by Theheroguy
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lighter copper with a thin, half-inch head, which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Caramel, malty, no apparent hops.

Taste: Not at all what I was expecting. Malt flavor up front that was quickly replaced with a dry, unpleasant toasted grain note - almost adjunct-like. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Lighter and thinner than I was expecting. (I hadn't realized this was an altbier when I first tried it.) Moderate prickliness.

Drinkability: Meh, it's ok. Easy to drink, but I don't think I'd pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 00:58:33 | More by Admiraldinty
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N17shelfside

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-26-2013 22:36:07 | More by N17shelfside
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Cheld

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -2%

10-21-2013 01:58:39 | More by Cheld
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Vogey77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

01-09-2014 20:31:09 | More by Vogey77
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Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12%

12-31-2013 22:59:33 | More by Mojoman8561
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wtighe03

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +19%

01-16-2013 18:00:15 | More by wtighe03
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Ecxeeder616

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-08-2013 01:53:52 | More by Ecxeeder616
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Chegui

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16%

01-08-2014 22:16:32 | More by Chegui
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

12-09-2011 02:46:59 | More by FrankLloydMike
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Dizbro21

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12%

11-30-2011 02:52:36 | More by Dizbro21
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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9%

06-24-2013 01:39:37 | More by VictorWisc
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aranheaney

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at my local grocer for 2.99 a six...

A-decent brownish red head with a finger of lace

S-a bit macro, but some citrus

T-really pretty good, clean, nothing unpleasant to report here

M-again, decent with nothing that detracts, but also nothing outstanding

O-as may have said, pretty good from start to finish

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 23:29:19 | More by aranheaney
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rabidawg

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden-amber, with a fluffy, rocky white head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. Slight carbonation.

Smell: Floral, yet malty aroma. Not much of a nose on this one . . . just kind of average.

Taste: Very thin body, and not as malty as I would expect for this style. Other than that, this is a dead-on American version of an alt. Very dry. I just can't seem to enjoy it, though. Much better on tap, imho. Not sure why. Drinkability definitely better, and seems less dry on draught.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 20:57:08 | More by rabidawg
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Fermenticusrex

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16%

12-24-2011 03:21:20 | More by Fermenticusrex
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hozersr

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

05-11-2014 22:34:09 | More by hozersr
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vdub191

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +19%

09-08-2013 17:00:57 | More by vdub191
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njbusa

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-20-2014 01:33:15 | More by njbusa
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Ale has a deep golden color with a fair amount of carbonation giving rise to a 1 inch head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Aroma has a nice balance of bready malt and piney hops. Taste has a firm malt base, some toasted notes, a little citrus, with a crisp hoppy finish. An extremely drinkable session beer, and since it can usually be had at $10 for a 12 pack, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 00:10:27 | More by ColForbin
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Skibum211

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -2%

09-22-2013 04:04:26 | More by Skibum211
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Chadbrew

Delaware

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a few things about Long Trail and thought I'd give it a try.
The appearance is pretty average except for the head and lacing which are present in excess. A very malty aroma with almost no hops detectable, OK... maybe a light note of german aromatic hops but very slight. This is a great malty beer, I'm very fond of Munich malt! I find this style so refreshing from the hops overloads that seem to be the norm in American brewing anymore.
A highly drinkable beer and glad I gave it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 22:21:07 | More by Chadbrew
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Sean802

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-18-2013 15:32:14 | More by Sean802
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Bikeboy1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-22-2013 19:35:30 | More by Bikeboy1
Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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